Firm ordered to pay for forced labor
South Korea’s highest court on Tuesday ordered a Japanese company to provide compensation for victims’of forced labor during World War II. The Supreme Court, attended by all 13 judges, ordered Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp to pay 100 million won ($87,740) per plaintiff in compensation. Four South Korean victims of wartime forced labor under the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule filed a damages lawsuit against the steelmaker in February 2005. One of the victims passed away in 2014. The victims were forced into labor for the steel-maker in 1941-43 during the Pacific War.